Tales of Henry James (Norton Critical Edition Series) / Edition 2

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Overview

Nine of James’s most important tales, including (new to the second edition) "In the Cage," a tale that engages James’s complicated attitudes toward gender, class, and the rise of information technology.
"The Author on His Craft" again reprints James’s critical essay "The Art of Fiction" and related passages from his notebooks, including a new passage on "In the Cage." "Criticism" has been entirely updated and includes ten new essays by critics who during the last twenty-five years have helped to establish the lines of debate about James’s tales. An updated Selected Bibliography is also included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393977103
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 782,048
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Christof Wegelin was Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Oregon. He was the author of The Idea of Europe in Henry James and of articles on Hawthorne, Hemingway, and Wharton, among others.

Henry B. Wonham is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Mark Twain and the Art of the Tale and Charles W. Chesnutt, A Study of the Short Fiction and editor of Criticism and the Color Line.

Biography

Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. He spent his early life in America and studied in Geneva, London and Paris during his adolescence to gain the worldly experience so prized by his father. He lived in Newport, went briefly to Harvard Law School, and in 1864 began to contribute both criticism and tales to magazines. In 1869, and then in 1872-74, he paid visits to Europe and began his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Late in 1875 he settled in Paris, where he met Turgenev, Flaubert, and Zola, and wrote The American (1877). In December 1876 he moved to London, where two years later he achieved international fame with Daisy Miller. Other famous works include Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Princess Casamassima (1886), The Aspern Papers (1888), The Turn of the Screw (1898), and three large novels of the new century, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904). In 1905 he revisited the United States and wrote The American Scene (1907). During his career, he also wrote many works of criticism and travel. Although old and ailing, he threw himself into war work in 1914, and in 1915, a few months before his death, he became a British subject. In 1916 King George V conferred the Order of Merit on him. He died in London in February 1916.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 15, 1843
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      February 28, 1916
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
The Texts of the Tales 1
Daisy Miller: A Study 3
The Aspern Papers 53
The Pupil 133
Brooksmith 173
The Real Thing 189
The Middle Years 211
In the Cage 229
The Beast in the Jungle 303
The Jolly Corner 341
The Author on His Craft 371
Editors' Commentary 373
The Art of Fiction 375
From His Notebooks 394
On the origin of "Brooksmith" 394
On the origin of "The Aspern Papers" 395
On the origin of "The Real Thing" 396
On the origin of "The Middle Years" 398
On the origin of "The Beast in the Jungle" 399
Regarding "The Jolly Corner" in retrospect 400
From His Prefaces 400
On "Daisy Miller" 400
On "The Aspern Papers" 403
On "The Pupil" 409
On "Brooksmith" and "The Real Thing" 412
On "The Middle Years" 413
On "In the Cage" 414
On "The Beast in the Jungle" 417
On "The Jolly Corner" 419
Criticism 421
James and the Art of Short Fiction 423
"Daisy Miller" 431
"The Aspern Papers" 442
"The Pupil" 453
The Master and the 'Queer Affair' of 'The Pupil' 457
Revision and "The Middle Years" 470
The Madness of Art: Henry James's "The Middle Years" 480
Gender, Sexuality, and Work in In the Cage 483
"The Beast in the Closet" 503
"The Jolly Corner" 515
Selected Bibliography 521
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